Chaos Inside Thunderstorms draws the audience into the centre of the tumultuous political, socio/economical and historical reality of the First Nations experience in Canada today. It is poetic expression that examines leadership, resilience, honour, shame, and love. It examines the issues implicit in the Idle No More Movement and the Truth and Reconciliation conferences. Although the book speaks of age-old themes, it explores them through fresh modern eyes. Eloquent and witty, these poems are power-packed with imagery that uncovers the raw politics of race. There is nothing polite about them. Like his two previous collections of poems, Chaos Inside Thunderstorms is candid and challenging. More importantly, it is thought-provoking and engaging.
Garry Gottfriedson, from the Secwepemc first nation (Shuswap), was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, BC. He is a self-employed rancher with a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. He was awarded the Gerald Red Elk Creative Writing Scholarship by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he studied under Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Marianne Faithful and others. His published works includeIn Honor of Our Grandmothers: Imprints of Cultural Survival (Theytus Books, 1994),100 Years of Contact (Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, 1990),Glass Tepee (Thistledown Press, 2002 - nominated for First People's Publishing Award 2004),Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005),Whiskey Bullets (Ronsdale, 2006 - Anskohk Aboriginal Award Finalist),Skin Like Mine (Ronsdale, 2010 - Shortlisted for the CAA Award for Poetry), andJimmy Tames Horses (Kegedonce Press, 2012). Gottfriedson has read from his work across North America, Asia and Europe, and frequently gives creative writing workshops and lectures. His work has been internationally anthologized.